3M launches Authorised Rail Partners Programme
3M has launched the 3M Authorised Rail Partners programme, providing train operators with the highest assurance of quality and long-term performance for rolling-stock interior and exterior graphics.
The programme formalises criteria for quality control and customer service and reinforces the value of an all-encompassing, end-to-end warranty that covers both materials and applications offered by 3M in conjunction with an Authorised Rail Partner.
To qualify as a 3M Authorised Rail Partner, a company must first meet the criteria to be a 3M Select Platinum Partner, then fulfil additional requirements specifically formulated for the rail market. These include using only 3M MCS (Matched Component System) products that comply with fire-test regulations and ensuring the vinyl graphics applicators meet the requirements set out by the 3M Endorsed Rail Applicator framework. 3M Authorised Rail Partners must also ensure full traceability and panel tracking for all applications and provide outstanding customer support, all underwritten by the end-to-end warranty.
The first companies to be appointed as 3M Authorised Rail Partners are Aura Graphics and Stewart Signs. Each has many years’ experience serving customers in the UK rail sector and have helped establish robust programme criteria relating to processes, use of materials, workmanship and customer-support facilities.
3M’s materials for rail applications include environmentally-sustainable Envision Print Wrap films, damage-resistant laminates and anti-graffiti clear coat, fire-tested in accordance with British Standards and/or European EN 45545 standards.
The 3M and 3M Authorised Rail Partner end-to-end warranty are clear and transparent, ensuring that customers know their branding will maintain its appearance over the warranted lifetime of the product and wrap.
For further information, visit: 3M.co.uk/graphicsolutions